Agents prey on increasingly vulnerable international students: Editorial

August 30, 2021
International students are increasingly vulnerable to exploitation by agents who profit from their enrolment at Canadian postsecondary institutions, writes Nicholas Hune-Brown of The Walrus. Hune-Brown reports that international student demographics have changed, with many students now coming from poorer families that are struggling to support their children’s education and future permanent residency. Hune-Brown says that agents often take advantage of the students, charging fees to the students in addition to being paid by postsecondary institutions and enrolling them in any program that will get them to Canada, even if it will not help them attain their goals. The article discusses the effect this has on student mental health, as well as the complexities faced by those looking to address the situation. OCUFA | The Walrus (Editorial)